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Agricultural Land Use

  • By: Nagaraj Kanala
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Agricultural land is land fit for producing crops and livestock. Land used for (a) cultivation of food products; fibers such as cotton, wool, and silk; and tobacco and medicinal plants and (b) livestock production, such as aquaculture, cattle and beef, dairy products, hogs and pork, and sheep, lamb, and mutton can be called agricultural land. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the world, and it employs more than 30% of the world's population and is the economic backbone of many countries.

Cropland and pasture, vineyards, nurseries, orchards, horticultural areas, and groves are the general categories used in agricultural land use classifications. Land that is confined to feeding operations; breeding facilities in farms; and ditches, canals, and small farm ponds are also categorized under agricultural land ...

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